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Keefe: Is e-Filing the End of Humans Attending Illinois WC Status Calls? 08/16/2016
State: IL | Segment: Top | 529 | 0
One of our lawyers wondered if all status calls will be conducted partially or completely online. Please note the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission, like those of many other states, has a monthly status call where each month all cases assigned to an arbitrator are reviewed w...Read More

Keefe: Can This Be the Biggest Mistake in the History of Illinois Work Comp? 08/09/2016
State: IL | Segment: Top | 1265 | 0
With all the respect we can offer to the members of the Appellate Court, Workers' Compensation Division, we have to say we consider their new and unprecedented legal theory to be a major WC mistake. What they are now doing is to develop is the philosophy that post-traumatic stress d...Read More

Keefe: Trying to Get One's Mind Around the Troubling Issue of Causation 07/20/2016
State: NA | Segment: Top | 773 | 0
We had several readers recently bring this issue up and we wanted to give everyone our best thoughts. As you read this, Gov. Bruce Rauner and the Illinois Republican reform forces are struggling to change our WC Act to reform the concept of “causation” in this state. ...Read More

Keefe: Third-Party Claim for Noggin Bump Blocked by Appellate Court 06/22/2016
By: Eugene Keefe
State: NA | Segment: Top | 503 | 0
In Marquez v. Martorina Family and IPSA Corp. (decided June 17, 2016), claimant was assisting in roof repairs on a commercial building. He got knocked in the noggin by a falling board ...Read More

Kamin: Lawmakers Consider Pile of WC Bills 05/31/2016
State: NA | Segment: Top | 432 | 0 | Popular with Legal
California lawmakers are mulling over numerous workers’ compensation bills during the current legislative session that could have significant financial consequences for carriers and administrators. ...Read More

Keefe: Hold on to Your Hats 05/18/2016
State: NA | Segment: Top | 675 | 0
File this article under “nothing is safe when our Illinois legislature is in session.” ...Read More
Keefe: High Court Flips 'Emergency' Response Lifetime Health Care Award 03/30/2016
By: Eugene Keefe
State: NA | Segment: Top | 583 | 0
We agree with the august members of our Supreme Court but, for us, this one doesn’t pass the “smell test” for lifetime line-of-duty benefits for a police officer. We suggest our readers carefully review the Illinois Supreme Court ruling in ...Read More
Keefe: Dominicks/Safeway Has Runaway Jury Award 03/16/2016
By: Eugene Keefe
State: IL | Segment: Top | 795 | 0
In the second of three recent legal developments involving the intricate rights for claimants with both workers' compensation and civil claims, we are sad to report this somewhat shocking decision against a major U.S. employer. ...Read More

KCBA: Can We Drop the 'Traveling Employee' Designation? 02/26/2016
Source: Keefe, Campbell, Biery & Associates
State: IL | Segment: Top | 1988 | 0
In United Airlines v. IWCC, No. 1-15-1693WC, issued February 22, 2016, the IWCC and IL reviewing courts had another back and forth about the “traveling employee” concept. We salute the IL WC Commission and courts for getting the ruling “right.” We caution...Read More
King v CompPartners May have Profound Consequences in Medical Treatment 01/19/2016
State: CA | Segment: Top | 1120 | 0 | Popular with Legal
In King v. CompPartners, the applicant's use of Klonopin was sent by the insurer to utilization review (UR). The UR doctor concluded that this medication was not industrially medically necessary and the insu...Read More
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